Desperate times call for desperate measures. That said, Disney, Apple and Amazon have joined Netflix and YouTube to reduce the video quality of their streaming services in Europe.
Disney, Apple and Amazon follow the path of Netflix and YouTube
The idea is to reduce the load on the Internet across the continent. Something that the European Union authorities specifically requested to keep digital traffic flowing smoothly. Have you seen what it was like to be quarantined without these streaming services and without the Internet?
In this regard, Disney Plus opens its doors in most of Europe next Tuesday, March 24, although the launch in France has been postponed to April 7. According to an official statement, bandwidth usage will be reduced by a quarter.
I recall that Amazon has taken a similar approach with the Prime Video service in the past few days, promising to “lower transmission bit rates while maintaining a quality experience” in the European countries in which it operates.
Although Apple has yet to make any official disclosures, the 9to5Mac detected a reduction in video quality in Europe in the past few days. A very aggressive reduction in fact, which bothered some users.
Netflix and YouTube were the first streaming services to align with the EU directive. Now, of course, all the other services are doing the same.
While network operators have said they are confident that there is enough capacity to keep all users entertained at home, it seems that no one wants to take any chances. It's just that a blackout or congestion was really bad.
The same does not seem to be the case in other countries, such as the USA, for now.
Times are difficult and in fact we have to get used to this new reality. Have you noticed any visible quality difference in these streaming services? Share everything with us!